The national guidance for visitors to care homes has changed. If you are planning to visit, you should always check with the individual care home first, as each home may have specific guidance for visitors in place. This could include the need to book a time slot so that the home can safely manage the number of people in the home, or indoor visits may be temporarily suspended because of a COVID outbreak. Unless the visitor will be providing personal care, there is no longer a need to have a negative lateral flow test result, but there may be a need to wear a face covering and other PPE, and undertake regular hand washing.
All residents are entitled to an Essential Care Giver, who is someone who can visit every day to help the care home look after the resident, even during a COVID outbreak. Essential Care Givers will need to undertake lateral flow tests twice per week and the care home can help you access the test kits. You can speak to the care home about who the Essential Care Giver is for your loved one.
We recommend that all visitors are up to date with their vaccinations in order to help protect their loved ones and all the other residents.